The Washington State University General Catalog

International Business

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International Business (120 Credits)

Preparation for careers with multinational corporations, governmental and intergovernmental agencies both domestic and international. Students must complete a minimum of one semester of at least 11 weeks in length and 12 transferable credits from a pre-approved partnership program.

The International Business major requires its students to demonstrate competency in a foreign language. With sufficient high school preparation, students can elect to take an online examination upon entrance to WSU (fee based tests such as STAMP or LTI). If additional preparation in a foreign language is necessary, students will work with a CCB advisor to develop an appropriate course of study.

Assessed proficiency in a second language will be at the intermediate level or completion of a foreign language course through the 204 level. This may be completed at any time before graduation. Check with an advisor for specifics. Education Abroad is strongly recommended for language acquisition. The following courses in any foreign language (or any course for which one of these is a prerequisite) will be accepted as meeting the foreign language competency standard set by International Business in the Carson College of Business: 204, 261, 306, 307, 308, 406, 407, or 408.

This requirement is for all students except international students whose primary language is not English. A third language is strongly encouraged for students who have achieved competency in two languages by the time they enter the university or are admitted to the major.

In addition to completing international business courses, students will gain marketable skills by choosing a concentration area or a double major within the Carson College of Business (CCB). Students choosing to complete a concentration area must take 3 classes (9 credits) in one of the following areas: Global Trade, Sustainable Development, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Hospitality Business Management, Management Information Systems, Management, or Marketing (see course options for each concentration area in footnotes below). Students interested in pursuing a double-major can do so in the following business majors: Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Human Resources Management, or Marketing. Students pursuing double majors must complete at least 15 additional credits (18 credits for accounting) from courses specifically required by the second major and distinct from those used to satisfy the International Business major.

Students majoring in International Business are also encouraged to pursue areas of expertise, such as in Business Economics, a double major in foreign language for the professions such as Chinese, French, German, or Spanish for the Professions, in Political Sciences, or pursue the Certificate in East Asian Studies for Business majors.

Graduation Requirements
To graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a major in International Business, students are required to complete a minimum of one semester of at least 11 weeks in length and 12 transferable credits from a pre-approved study abroad program; a concentration or double major as listed above; and all admission and graduation requirements listed in the Carson College of Business section of this catalog and the coursework included in the sample 4-year plan listed below.

First Year
First TermCredits
B A 1003
ECONS 101 [SSCI] or 102 [SSCI]13
Foreign Language Requirement24
MATH 20133
Second TermCredits
B A 1021
ECONS 101 or 10213
ENGLISH 101 [WRTG] or 105 [WRTG]13
Foreign Language Requirement 24
HBM 10111
MATH 202 [QUAN]43
Complete Carson Career Amplifier Program Tier 1
Apply for Admission into the Major
Second Year
First TermCredits
ACCTG 23013
B A 204, 205, and 206, or B A 2123
Biological Sciences [BSCI] or Physical Sciences [PSCI] 53
Diversity [DIVR]3
POL S 102 or 1033
Second TermCredits
ACCTG 23113
B A 201, 202, and 203, or B A 2113
Biological Sciences [BSCI] or Physical Sciences [PSCI] (with lab)54
I BUS 2803
MIS 2503
Complete Carson Career Amplifier Program Tier 2
Complete Writing Portfolio
Third Year
First TermCredits
Study Abroad recommended this term6
B LAW 2103
COM 102 [COMM], H D 205 [COMM], or MKTG 279 [COMM]13 or 4
I BUS 3803
MGTOP 21574
SOC 101, 102, or PSYCH 1053
Second TermCredits
FIN 3253
I BUS 453 [M]3
MGTOP 3403
MKTG 3603
300-400-level International Business Concentration83
Complete Carson Career Amplifier Program Tier 3
Fourth Year
First TermCredits
ENGLISH 402 or 403 3
Humanities [HUM]93
I BUS 4803
300-400-level International Business Concentration83
Second TermCredits
Arts [ARTS]3
ECONS 327 or I BUS 4703
MGMT 491 [CAPS] or ENTRP 492 [CAPS]3
300-400-level International Business Concentration [M] 83
Complete Carson Career Amplifier Program Tier 4

1For students in the Honors Program: ECONS 198 is an approved substitute for ECONS 101 and 102; COM 102/H D 205/MKTG 279 requirement is waived; HONORS 198 is an approved substitute for HBM 101; ENGLISH 198 is an approved substitute for ENGLISH 101; ACCTG 298 is an approved substitute for ACCTG 230 and 231. Honors students may need to enroll in elective coursework to meet University requirement of 120 credits.
2Foreign Language Requirement: Approved courses include ARABIC 203-204; CHINESE 203-204; FRENCH 203-204; GERMAN 203-204; ITALIAN 203-204; JAPANESE 203-204; KOREAN 203-204; RUSSIAN 203-204; or SPANISH 203-204. Foreign language competency can also be determined by testing out at the intermediate level (tests such as STAMP or LTI) or certification by a WSU faculty member who is a native speaker of the target language. May be taken as part of study abroad. Non-native English speakers and bilingual students should check with department regarding this requirement.
3MATH 201 will be waived with an ALEKS score of 80% or higher, or the completion of MATH 202 or equivalent. MATH 106 will be accepted as an alternative to MATH 201 for transfer students.
4Alternative to MATH 202 is MATH 140 or 171.
5For a total of 7 credits—one Biological Sciences [BSCI] and one Physical Sciences [PSCI] course, including one lab course.
6Study Abroad Requirement: Students must complete a minimum of one semester of at least 11 weeks in length and 12 transferable credits from a pre-approved study abroad program.
7MATH/STAT 212 will be accepted as alternative to MGTOP 215 for transfer students.
8300-400-level International Business Concentration or Double Major (9 credits): Students choosing a concentration must complete 9 credits in one of the International Business concentrations: a) Global Trade: ECONS 320, 428, 430, I BUS 415 [M]; b) Sustainable Development: ECONS 320, 326, 427, 428; c) Entrepreneurship: ENTRP 426, 485 [M], 486 [M], 490 [M]; d) Finance: FIN 421, 427 [M], 481 [M]; e) Hospitality Business Management: HBM 381 [M], 490 or 491, 494 [M], I BUS 435; f) Management: MGMT 401 [M], 483 [M], 487; g) Management Information Systems: MIS 372 [M], 374, 420, 441; h) Marketing: I BUS 482 [M], MKTG 407, 468. Students choosing to double major in another business discipline should take required courses for their second major during this semester.
9Humanities or Electives: 300-400-level coursework as needed to meet University requirements of 120 credits and 40 upper-division credits.

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